We applaud moves to ensure that quality public provision of vocational education is accessible to all learners – whether they are studying on a campus, or at their workplace; whether they are studying for the first time or retraining to cope with the rapidly changing world of work; whether they live in a small rural community or a large metropolitan centre.
We now urge you to make sure this public system is stable and sustainable.
The best way to do this is to ensure our taxes go to public and community providers of vocational education and training.
We ask you to implement a complete ban – a rahui – on any new private training establishments entering the sector, and any increase in funding to existing providers, for the period of the transition to a new national organisation. During this transitional period, we believe a strategy must be developed for the full integration of all private provision into a unified public system. This will allow our public system fully to realise its potential for the future.